Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach ON in Cooking Conditions, Women on Standby

BELLS BEACH, Victoria/Australia (Wednesday, April 20, 2011) – The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Ranger, the second stop on the 2011 ASP World Title season, has been called on this morning with Round 1 commencing at 7:30am in pumping four-to-six foot (1.5 to 2 metre waves) at Bells Beach.

“We have good-looking surf on offer this morning and have called the men’s on at 7:30am,” Rich Porta, ASP International Head Judge said. “We’ll have the women on standby, and we anticipate an excellent day of surfing. Good luck to all the competitors.”

Up first will be Adrian Buchan (AUS), 28, Alejo Muniz (BRA), 21, and Raoni Monteiro (BRA), 28, in Heat 1 of Round 1.

The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by FORD will be webcast LIVE via and broadcast live on Fuel TV in Australia and ESPN in Brazil.

The Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach presented Ford Fiesta is on standby today and will open up with Chelsea Hedges (AUS), 27, Sofia Mulanovich (PER), 27, and Rebecca Woods (BRA), 26, in Heat 1 of Round 1 when competition commences.

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Heat 1: 
Adrian Buchan (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA), Raoni Monteiro (BRA)

Heat 2: Taj Burrow (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS), Josh Kerr (AUS)

Heat 3: Owen Wright (AUS), Heitor Alves (BRA), Bobby Martinez (USA)

Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS), Tiago Pires (PRT), Gabriel Medina (BRA)

Heat 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Dusty Payne (HAW), Stu Kennedy (AUS)

Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA), Kai Otton (AUS), Adam Robertson (AUS)

Heat 7: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Taylor Knox (USA), Cory Lopez (USA)

Heat 8: Michel Bourez (PYF), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Gabe Kling (USA)

Heat 9: Damien Hobgood (USA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Daniel Ross (AUS)

Heat 10: Bede Durbidge (AUS), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Joel Parkinson (AUS)

Heat 11: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Chris Davidson (AUS), Julian Wilson (AUS)

Heat 12: Brett Simpson (USA), Jadson Andre (BRA), Patrick Gudauskas (USA)


Heat 1: 
Chelsea Hedges (AUS), Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Rebecca Woods (AUS)

Heat 2: Silvana Lima (BRA), Laura Enever (AUS), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS)

Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Bethany Hamilton (HAW)

Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Courtney Conlogue (USA), Alana Blanchard (HAW)

Heat 5: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Paige Hareb (NZL), Melanie Bartels (HAW)

Heat 6: Coco Ho (HAW), Tyler Wright (AUS), Pauline Ado (FRA)

Sally Fitzgibbons Claims Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach, Maiden Elite Tour Win

BELLS BEACH, Victoria/Australia (Saturday, April 23, 2011) – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 20, claimed her maiden ASP Women’s World Title event win today after a hard-fought Final with current ASP Women’s World No. 1 Carissa Moore (HAW), 18, taking out the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Fiesta and firmly announcing herself as a threat to the 2011 ASP World Title race.

Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 20, claims her maiden ASP event at the 2011 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Fiesta.

The second stop of the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title season, the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach enjoyed some of the best conditions ever offered to the ASP Top 17, culminating in this afternoon’s epic clash in glassy three-to-four foot (1.5 metre) waves at Rincon.

Fitzgibbons, who finished Runner-Up in three events in 2010 as well as finishing the season in the Runner-Up spot, consistently outshined her fellow ASP Top 17 members at Bells Beach, launching into incredible high scores from the opening round of competition.

“This is so overwhelming,” Fitzgibbons said. “It’s been a long journey for me to finally win and this is incredible. I can’t feel my arms or legs and I’m just trying to keep from crying right now. It’s been a really long time coming and I want to thank all the girls for pushing me as well as all my family and friends who have supported me over the years.”

Today’s maiden victory was made all the more emotional for the young Australian, clinching the title in the event’s 50th year of operation, surrounded by her heroes and sporting icons.

“It’s extra special to win it this year for the 50 years event,” Fitzgibbons said. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always watched my heroes surf and win here and I’ve always dreamed of ringing the Bell and now that it’s happened, I don’t know what to say. The other night at the 50-year ball, I saw all my icons on stage and I was so inspired. So to win right now is a dream come true.”

Fitzgibbons now sits at ASP Women’s World No. 2 with today’s win.

Moore continued her rampage amongst the world’s best here at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, only falling short to Fitzgibbons in the Final. The gracious Hawaiian remains firmly in the driver’s seat in this year’s hunt for the ASP Women’s World Title, and will look to further cement her position at next week’s event in New Zealand.

“I’m stoked to have made the Final with Sally (Fitzgibbons),” Moore said. “For her to come out on top was awesome. We’ve have a lot of good clashes last year and this year, and her win’s been a long time coming so congrats to her. Of course I would have liked to have rung the Bell, but that may have to happen next year.”

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 23, reigning four-time ASP Women’s World Champion, enjoyed more of a return to form at Bells Beach, but the former three-time event winner was unable to overcome a rampaging Fitzgibbons in their Semifinal clash. Today’s Equal 3rd place finish has Gilmore sitting in ASP Women’s World No. 4 heading into the New Zealand event.

“I felt really good this event, my surfing felt more confident,” Gilmore said. “I’m happy with my performance, but hopefully I’m just building towards No. 1. Sally (Fitzgibbons) was so in form, she was throwing away scores that I was keeping as my top two, she’s well deserving of the win.”

Silvana Lima (BRA), 26, past event winner, put on a valiant effort in today’s conditions but ultimately fell to eventual winner Moore in her Semifinal heat.

“Very happy with my performance at Bells and that we had good waves for the girls,” Lima said. “I’m sad that I couldn’t make the Final, but Carissa (Moore) was surfing really well and she deserves it. I’m looking forward to New Zealand.”

The next stop on the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title season will be the Subaru Pro TSB Bank Women’s Surf Festival in Taranaki, New Zealand from April 27 – May 1, 2011.

Highlights from the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by FORD will be available via and broadcast live on Fuel TV in Australia and ESPN in Brazil.

The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Ranger completed Round 4 of competition this morning with Joel Parkinson (AUS), 30, Kelly Slater (USA), 39, Jordy Smith (ZAF), 23, and Mick Fanning (AUS), 29, all taking out wins and advancing straight through to the Quarterfinals.

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7am to assess conditions for a possible 7:30am start.

When the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Rangers resumes, up first will be Owen Wright (AUS), 21, against Bede Durbidge (AUS), 28, in the opening heat of Round 5.

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1 – 
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.77

2 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.40


SF 1: 
Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.10 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 12.60

SF 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 18.37 def Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 12.60


QF 1: 
Silvana Lima (BRA) 15.57 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 9.60

QF 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.34 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 5.90

QF 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.00 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 11.44

QF 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 18.56 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 14.53


Heat 1: 
Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 14.50 def. Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 8.50

Heat 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.50 def. Melanie Bartels (HAW) 12.04

Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.60 def. Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 12.47

Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 18.83 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 11.50

ASP WOMEN’S WORLD TITLE TOP 5 (After Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach):

Carissa Moore (HAW) 18,000 pts

2. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16,400 pts

3. Tyler Wright (AUS) 13,200 pts

4. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11,700 pts

5. Silvana Lima (BRA) 11,700 pts


Heat 1: 
Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.26, Owen Wright (AUS) 13.84, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 9.14

Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 13.67, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 12.17, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.04

Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.27, Chris Davidson (AUS) 13.37, Tiago Pires (PRT) 11.63

Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 19.10, Jadson Andre (BRA) 13.17, Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.40


Heat 1: 
Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS)

Heat 2: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Adriano de Souza (BRA)

Heat 3: Chris Davidson (AUS) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)

Heat 4: Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)

Billabong Rio Pro is on HOLD, Next Call at 10am

BARRA DA TAJUCA, Rio De Janeiro/ Brazil (Wednesday, May 11, 2011) – The opening day of the Billabong Rio Pro, stop No. 3 of 11 on the men’s ASP World Tour, is currently ON HOLD until 10am local time. Although six-to-eight foot (2 metre) waves are hitting the main event site of Barra Da Tajuca, event organizers are waiting for improved conditions to begin men’s Round 1.

“We’ve got solid waves on offer for the opening day of the waiting period, but not the best conditions with the current tide,” Pritamo Ahrendt, ASP International Head Judge said. “We’ll be monitoring conditions over the next few hours and will make another call at 10am.”

The first heat of Billabong Rio Pro competition will see 2010 ASP Rookie of the year Owen Wright (AUS), 21, take on Heitor Alves (BRA), 29, and Bobby Martinez (USA), 29.

Running in conjunction with the Billabong Rio Pro is stop No. 5 of 7 on the ASP Women’s World Tour. The ASP Top 17 waiting period begins tomorrow, May 12 and runs through May 16.

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Heat 1:
 Owen Wright (AUS), Heitor Alves (BRA), Bobby Martinez (USA)

Heat 2: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS), Kai Otton (AUS)

Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA), TBA

Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS), Dusty Payne (HAW), TBA

Heat 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), TBA

Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA), Julian Wilson (AUS), TBA

Heat 7: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Jadson Andre (BRA), Gabe Kling (USA)

Heat 8: Jeremy Flores (FRA), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Josh Kerr (AUS)

Heat 9: Damien Hobgood (USA), Tiago Pires (PRT), Raoni Monteiro (BRA)

Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF), Chris Davidson (AUS), Cory Lopez (USA)

Heat 11: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Daniel Ross (AUS)

Heat 12: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Taylor Knox (USA)


Heat 1:
 Tyler Wright (AUS), Courtney Conlogue (BRA), Claire Bevilacqua (AUS)

Heat 2: Silvana Lima (BRA), Paige Hareb (NZL), Felicity Palmateer (AUS)

Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), Maya Gabeira (BRA)

Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Laura Enever (AUS), Andrea Lopes (BRA)

Heat 5: Stepahnie Gilmore (AUS), Pauline Ado (FRA), Suelen Naraisa (BRA)

Heat 6: Coco Ho (HAW), Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Alana Blanchard (HAW)

Carissa Moore Wins Billabong Rio Pro, Gilmore Knocked Out of ASP World Title Race

BARRA DA TIJUCA, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil (Sunday, May 15, 2011) – Carissa Moore (HAW), 18, has claimed the Billabong Rio Pro, stop No. 5 of 7 on the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title Season, over Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 20, in punchy two-to-four foot (1 metre) waves in a hard-fought Final at Barra Da Tijuca.

The electrifying action of the final day of women’s competition at Barra da Tijuca culminated in dramatic fashion with the world’s best female surfers going toe-to-toe with the highly-coveted 2011 ASP Women’s World Title on the line.

Moore and Fitzgibbons nearly matched scores on their opening accounts, but the young Hawaiian notched a solid 8.10 midway through the heat with polished backhand surfing on a lefthander that proved to be enough to solidify Moore’s third elite event victory of the 2011 season.

“I just went out there and had fun and to me there was no pressure in the Final,” Moore said. “I was just stoked to be in the Final regardless of how I finished. Obviously I’m happy that I won. The girls really didn’t go on those lefts, but they worked out for me today.”

Moore, who marched past local favorite Silvana Lima (BRA), 26, to earn her final berth, appeared in her fifth consecutive final out of the five events held this year and her victory at the Billabong Rio Pro extends her lead on the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title Season over current ASP Women’s World No. 2 Sally Fitzgibbons.

“I was really nervous that I wouldn’t make the Final because I was up against Silvana (Lima) and she’s the local favorite,” Moore said. ““I’m excited. We have two events left and it’d be nice to just finish really strong.”

Fitzgibbons built momentum throughout the Billabong Rio Pro, winning her non-elimination Round 3 heat before topping ASP Women’s World Tour Rookie Pauline Ado (FRA), 20, and Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 22, but was unable to find the score needed to surpass Moore in the final and continues to trail the Oahu prodigy for the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title.

“It’s a long year and there are a couple of events to go and it has been great here competing in Rio for the first time,” Fitzgibbons said. “Looking into the next few events it’s really going to be about stepping it up and having fun and focusing on my surfing. Hopefully I can get a few more results.”

Moore and Fitzgibbons remain the only two surfers in contention for the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title.

Stephanie Gilmore, reigning four-time ASP World Champion, was lethal in her Quarterfinals heat against Laura Enever (AUS), 19, but was unable to find the score needed to surpass Fitzgibbons in their Semifinals matchup, finishing Equal 3rd overall.

“It was tough work out there,” Gilmore said. “Sally (Fitzgibbons) got a couple and I had some opportunities. I only needed a six and was too deep on that wave that came in at the end. Sally’s in the zone right now.”

Gilmore, who made surfing history by winning four ASP Women’s World Titles in four consecutive attempts, was knocked out of the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title race today, with her failure to advance past Fitzgibbons and into the Final. This historic moment in women’s sport proved emotional for the Australian icon.

“I’m going through so many emotions right now, it’s hard,” Gilmore said. “It’s been a pretty good year and Sally and Carissa (Moore) have been on fire. It’s good for the sport and good for me. I really don’t know what to say.”

Silvana Lima (BRA), 26, put on an impressive performance in front of her hometown crowd to match her best result of 2011. The talented Brazilian finished behind Carissa Moore in their Semifinals matchup and was happy to tie her best result of the season at her home event.

“I’m so excited to have matched my best result in front of my home crowd,” Lima said. “Of course I wanted to make the Final, but I’m so happy with my result and thanks to everyone for all of the support.”

When men’s competition begins, 2010 ASP Rookie of the year Owen Wright (AUS), 21, will surf against Heitor Alves (BRA), 29, and Bobby Martinez (USA), 28, in Heat 1.

A call will be made at 7am local time tomorrow morning for a possible start to men’s Billabong Rio Pro competition.

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Billabong Rio Pro Final Results:

1 –
 Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.87

2 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.80

Billabong Rio Pro Semifinals Results:

SF 1: 
Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.67 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 10.33

SF 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.16 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 9.23

Billabong Rio Pro Quarterfinals Results:

QF 1: 
Silvana Lima (BRA) 13.63 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 12.27

QF 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.50 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 9.93

QF 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 12.44 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 10.97

QF 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.10 def. Laura Enever (AUS) 9.57

Billabong Rio Pro Women’s Round 4 Results:

Heat 1: 
Silvana Lima (BRA) 14.33 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 9.30

Heat 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.63 def. Alana Blanchard (HAW) 10.14

Heat 3: Pauline Ado (FRA) 12.40 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 11.03

Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.84 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 9.24

Billabong Rio Pro Women’s Round 3 Results:

Heat 1:
 Tyler Wright (AUS) 12.50, Silvana Lima (BRA) 7.14, Alana Blanchard (HAW) 1.97

Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.83, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 11.26, Paige Hareb (NZL) 4.66

Heat 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.17, Pauline Ado (FRA) 10.73, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 8.00

Heat 4: Laura Enever (AUS) 11.66, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 9.00, Coco Ho (HAW) 9.00

ASP Women’s World Title Top 5 (After Billabong Rio Pro):

 Carissa Moore (HAW) 47,000 pts

2. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 41,650 pts

3. Tyler Wright (AUS) 30,620 pts

4. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 29,350 pts

5. Silvana Lima (BRA) 27,920 pts

Billabong Rio Pro Round 1 Match Ups:

Heat 1: 
Owen Wright (AUS), Heitor Alves (BRA), Bobby Martinez (USA)

Heat 2: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS), Kai Otton (AUS)

Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA), TBA

Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS), Dusty Payne (HAW), TBA

Heat 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), TBA

Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA), Julian Wilson (AUS), TBA

Heat 7: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Jadson Andre (BRA), Gabe Kling (USA)

Heat 8: Jeremy Flores (FRA), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Josh Kerr (AUS)

Heat 9: Damien Hobgood (USA), Tiago Pires (PRT), Raoni Monteiro (BRA)

Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF), Chris Davidson (AUS), Cory Lopez (USA)

Heat 11: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Daniel Ross (AUS)

Heat 12: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Taylor Knox (USA)

Massive Upsets and Big Scores Unfold for Rounds 3 and 4 of Billabong Rio Pro

BARRA DA TIJUCA, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil (Thursday, May 19, 2011) – The Billabong Rio Pro returned to the beachbreak of Barra Da Tijuca after two days at the lefthander of Arpoador and saw massive upsets unfold among the event’s highest scores in punchy four foot waves while completing Rounds 3 and 4 of competition.

Stop No. 3 of 11 on the ASP World Title Series, the Billabong Rio Pro not only plays a crucial role in surfers’ campaigns for the ASP World Title, but also offers important points for competitors out to requalify at the halfway mark in the season.

Bobby Martinez (USA), 28, was responsible for the upset of the event when he defeated reigning 10-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 39, in a close heat of 14.50 to 14.10. The talented Californian unveiled a lightning-quick forehand attack and impressive backhand aerial game in his hard-fought heat to take the Round 3 win.

“There were some lefts and Kelly (Slater) went down to the rights and you’re always worried that he sees something that you don’t,” Martinez said. “I just got lucky, things worked to my advantage. I got that one right under his priority and that’s what he usually does. I thought I’d try and reverse the role. ”

Martinez, who is currently sitting at No. 55 on the men’s ASP World Ranking, knows that he is in need of results to try and improve his seed to remain on the elite ranks and hopes the victory over Slater will turn momentum in his favor.

“I hope this helps my seed, this is the best I’ve done in over a year,” Martinez said. “Last year I struggled a lot and this year I have struggled. I’ve had some tough heats, but everything’s tough these days. Sometimes the waves are tough and if the waves are good your competitor is tough. Nothing is easy, but I’m just trying my best.”

Michel Bourez (PYF), 25, went absolutely mental in his Round 3 match-up to eliminate defending event winner Jadson Andre (BRA), 21, by belting a combination of furious backhand maneuvers to earn the second-highest single-wave score of the entire competition, a 9.70, and quickly followed up with a 9.40 (both out of 10). Both rides saw Bourez take the highest heat total of Billabong Rio Pro competition in his near-perfect performance of 19.10 out of 20.

“That heat started before the horn because me and Jadson (Andre) were paddling to get the inside ones,” Bourez said. “The first one came and I knew I needed to get a good score and needed to get a good start. That’s what happened, I got a 9.70. Just after that I tried and air and broke by board and thought ‘oh no, it’s not going to happen.’ I got another right and got that 9.40 and after that my board was done, I couldn’t surf, so I just took a couple of close outs.”

Josh Kerr (AUS), 26, was also responsible for an upset of his own when he lofted a big frontside air on a wedging righthander in the final minutes of his heat to eliminate Jordy Smith (ZAF), 23, in Round 3.

“I’m stoked, the whole game-plan was to go down there on those rights,” Kerr said. “I saw Kelly down there and it looked like there were a couple of good ones. I saw Jordy (Smith) get those lefts, but luckily I got that right and went for the punt.”

Kerr later went on to advance directly through to the Quarterfinals by winning his Round 4 bout.

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 30, continued his form after a standout performance in Round 2 and built momentum throughout the day to take his Round 3 heat and followed up with the highest single-wave score of the entire event, a 9.73 out of 10 to win his three-man Round 4 heat in the last seconds, advancing directly into the Quarterfinals.

“It’s kind of one of those things where you’re only as good as your last heat and once you have a shocker you don’t want to have another one,” Parkinson said. “It might have been a blessing in disguise (to lose in Round 1). I’m glad I got that one out of the way and my strategy is good and I feel good.”

Parkinson’s guaranteed 5th place result at the Billabong Rio Pro temporarily moves him to the No. 1 position on the ASP World Title Rankings after Slater’s early elimination, but the stylish natural-footer was cautious in place his new position as the new frontrunner for the ASP World Title.

“It’s too early to think about this early in the year,” Parkinson said. “It’s only the third event of the year to start worrying about it (the ASP World Title). If it was later on in the season, then sure, but as of now, who knows what can happen.”

Taj Burrow (AUS), 32, was one top seed to prevail among the day’s upsets. The veteran campaigner not only took out his Round 3 victory, but also took a commanding win in Round 4 to ignite the day’s second-highest heat-total of a solid 18.40 out of 20.

“That felt good, I felt good out there for sure,” Burrow said. “As long as I can get a wave with an open face I feel like I can get the job done, but that’s the hard thing. Sometimes you just get on a roll and it has a lot to do with confidence. For me confidence is a big thing and it’s a tough one for me. When it’s high, I don’t know what it is, it just does it. I feel like I’ve been on tour long enough to win heats.”

Adriano de Souza (BRA), 24, was also impressive in Round 3 today and continued to use the support of his passionate Brazilian fans to lift his performance.

“I’m happy to move to Round 4,” De Souza said. “I can’t believe it, there is this massive crowd down on the beach and I wanted to go for it. I’m proud of myself for making that heat. C.J. (Hobgood) is a world champ and he’s surfing amazing and he does so well in these conditions. It was an amazing feeling to get through and I’ll see how I can do in this event.”

De Souza will surf again in Round 5 of Billabong Rio Pro competition and can potentially overtake Parkinson for the No. 1 position on the ASP World Title race pending the final day’s results.

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Billabong Rio Pro Round 4 Results:

Heat 1: 
Taj Burrow (AUS) 18.40, Damien Hobgood (USA) 14.60, Daniel Ross (AUS) 8.76

Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.23, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 16.53, Bobby Martinez (USA) 10.73

Heat 3: Josh Kerr (AUS) 16.30, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.07, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 4.67

Heat 4: Owen Wright (AUS) 16.67, Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.20, Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 9.26

Billabong Rio Pro Round 3 Results:

Heat 1:
 Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.66 def. Cory Lopez (USA) 10.84

Heat 2: Damien Hobgood (USA) 11.33 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 4.03

Heat 3: Dan Ross (AUS) 12.17 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 7.97

Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 16.50 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 6.77

Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.07 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 7.83

Heat 6: Bobby Martinez (USA) 14.50 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 14.10

Heat 7: Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.87 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.17

Heat 8: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.93 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 11.87

Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.17 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 11.50

Heat 10: Owen Wright (AUS) 11.66 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 9.80

Heat 11: Michel Bourez (PYF) 19.10 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 6.83

Heat 12: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 14.84 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.73

Carissa Moore new woman world champion!

LA GRANDE PLAGE, Biarritz/France (Friday, July 15, 2011) – Carissa Moore (HAW), 18, has just made ASP history as the youngest ever ASP Women’s World Champion, clinching her maiden title today at the Roxy Pro Biarritz.

Moore (HAW), 18, claims her maiden ASP Women’s World Title at the Roxy Pro Biarritz.

“I dreamed of surfing at this level my whole life since I was a little kid and I don’t think you can ever expect or anticipate the feeling,” Moore said. “It is amazing. There is no place I would rather be right now.”

The clinching came when then-reigning four-time ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 23, dispatched of the remaining title contender Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 20, in the Semifinals of competition.

“I’m not really feeling anything right now I am just so happy,” Moore said. “It was really stressful watching that last heat and I was trying to just listen to my songs and zone out. It is kind of weird to win on the beach. I have always visualized and imagined winning the Final or a heat and coming in and winning but I’m so happy and excited. I have been thinking about this for a long time since I was a little girl and just to be here right now and being world champ is pretty crazy.”

In only her second year competing amongst the world’s best, Moore has had a stellar run, making the Finals in every event thus far and scalping three wins along the way.

“I have had this goal written on my door and it has been waiting there for a long time to be ticked off so I can’t wait to go home and cross it out,” Moore said.

2011 ASP Women’s World Tour Results:

Roxy Pro Gold Coast:

Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach: Runner-Up

Subaru Pro TSB Bank Women’s Surf Festival New Zealand: Runner-Up

Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic: WIN

Billabong Rio Pro: WIN

Roxy Pro Biarritz: Runner-Up

Nike US Open of Surfing: TBD

This year’s stellar run set another record for the youngster as the only ASP World Champion in history to make the Finals in every event this season, and sees Moore as the first Hawaiian ASP Women’s World Champion since Margo Oberg (HAW) in 1981.

“I definitely first and foremost want to thank my little sister Cayla, thank you so much,” Moore said. “I wouldn’t be here without you. There are way too many people to thank but my Dad, he has been here every step of the way and I could not have done this without him. It is so much sweeter having him part of my team. I want to thank my sponsors Nike, Target and Red Bull I couldn’t do it without them. My family, my uncles and aunts and my grandparents.”

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Smith Goes Back-to-Back at Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, Parkinson Leads ASP World Title Race

JEFFREYS BAY, South Africa (Sunday, July 24, 2011) – Jordy Smith (ZAF), 23, has taken out the 2011 Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay in a hard-fought Final over Mick Fanning (AUS), 30, in front of the raucous and hardy hometown crowd on the beach and hundreds of thousands watching online.

Event No. 4 of 11 on the 2011 ASP World Title season, the Billabong Pro culminated in dramatic fashion today with “victory at sea”, three-to-four foot (1 – 1.5 metre) surf and the world’s best surfers displayed their comprehensive abilities to shred anything from yesterday’s perfection to today’s challenging conditions.

Smith continuously posted impressive scores throughout his Quarterfinal, Semfinal and Final heats, but it was his local knowledge that allowed his to select the best waves in the Final to overtake an in-form Fanning. The win was met with an eruption from those in attendance braving the harsh weather, and Smith was cheered up the beach to an emotional audience.

“It’s been an incredible week for me,” Smith said. “All the support of the people at Jeffreys Bay, Garth (Tarlow), Steve (Smith), my girlfriend Lyndall (Jarvis), my mom and dad and everyone else. It’s been a really special week for me and I’m so happy right now.”

Moving from 5th to 2nd on the ASP World Title rankings, the young South African is now firmly in the hunt and will utilize the confidence attained today to propel him through the latter half of the year.

“Mick (Fanning) has surfed amazing all week,” Smith said. “He’s always an inspiration and he’s right there with everyone in the hunt for the title. Today’s a huge win for me. Last year, it was very emotional. To back it up this year just feels really, really good. It’s huge for my confidence and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year.”

Fanning, who claimed the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay in 2002 and 2006, appeared to find his form this morning, dusting Gold Coast flyboy Josh Kerr (AUS), 27, and Joel Parkinson (AUS), 30, en route his Runner-Up finish. Today’s placing sees Fanning move from 8th to 4th on the ASP World Title Rankings.

“It was really difficult out there today,” Fanning said. “Three heats yesterday and three heats today and felt like the arms wanted to fall off. Big congratulations to Jordy (Smith) though. It was great surfing. It’s inspirational stuff and I’m looking forward to the next one.”

Parkinson, 2008 Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay winner, was in sensational form this year, consistently notching up high scores throughout the event before falling to a rampaging Fanning in the Semifinals.

“The conditions are a bit tedious today but every now and then there’s a good wave,” Parkinson said. “Everyone is in the same boat too – we all have to deal with it. Shame I couldn’t find the same rhythm that Mick (Fanning) did out there, but that’s how it goes sometimes.”

With his Equal 3rd finish, Parkinson ascends to the frontrunner position in the hunt for the 2011 ASP World Title, but the perennial threat remains cautious when regarding the remainder of the season.

“I don’t really think about that yet,” Parkinson said. “It’s only the fourth event of the year and I’ve been in this position before. I’m happy with my surfing and my boards and I’ll keep my eyes on the next heat.”

Adrian Buchan (AUS), 28, former No. 17 on the ASP World Title rankings, led the goofy-footed assault on Jeffreys Bay throughout the event and his Equal 3rd place finish today moves the Australian up to 11th heading into the next event in Tahiti.

“I missed a good one at the start and that really let Jordy (Smith) get on top early in the heat,” Buchan said. “I always felt like I could come back but it just didn’t happen for me. It’s still an excellent result for me and I’m excited about the next few events.”

Alejo Muniz (BRA), 21, 2011 ASP Dream Tour rookie, matched his best result of the year with and Equal 5th place finish. Muniz now sits well inside the cutoff for the ASP Top 34 rotation in August, and will remain a fixture at the elite level throughout the duration of the season.

“I never thought I would have good results in my rookie year,” Muniz said. “I am surfing with my heroes and to be getting through heats is what I always dreamed of as a little kid. This matches my best result this year from the Gold Coast and I’m stoked to be safe for the August cutoff.”

Muniz, along with fellow rookie Julian Wilson (AUS), 22, both finished Equal 5th at the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay.

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1 – 
Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.60

2 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.83


SF 1: 
Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.46 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.87

SF 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.47 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 11.93


QF 1: 
Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.10 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 8.94

QF 2: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 16.77 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.90

QF 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.83 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 8.16

QF 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.40 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 5.43

ASP WORLD TITLE TOP 10 (After Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay):

Joel Parkinson (AUS) 25700 pts

2. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 24750 pts

3. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 22250 pts

4. Mick Fanning (AUS) 19500 pts

5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 18250 pts

6. Kelly Slater (USA) 16950 pts

7. Michel Bourez (PYF) 16000

8. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15000

9. Josh Kerr (AUS) 13900 pts

9. Owen Wright (AUS) 13900 pts

Kelly Slater and Sally Fitzgibbons Win Nike US Open of Surfing

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California / USA (Sunday, August 7, 2011) – Reigning 10-Time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (Cocoa Beach, FL), 39, has won the 2011 ASP PRIME Nike US Open of Surfing for the first time since 1996, defeating Yadin Nicol (AUS), 26, in a dominant final in two-to-four foot (1 metre) waves at the iconic Huntington Beach Pier.

Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 20, was also victorious when she clinched the final stop on the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title series, the Nike US Open of Surfing, when she topped dangerous wildcard Lakey Peterson (Santa Barbara, CA), 16, in a hard-fought battle.

Slater quickly asserted his dominance in the Final against Nicol when he launched a frontside air-reverse and solidified the ride on the reform to earn an 8.50 and backed the ride up with a 7.77 to put the Australian in an early combination-situation and controlled the heat throughout the entirety of the bout.

“I guess Yadin (Nicol) wanted me to win because he didn’t catch any waves,” Slater said. “I was just really frustrated for him because he was sitting out the back waiting for the big sets and the big sets were close outs. The small ones he was just two far outside and I got them. I think what happened is I got the 8.50 to start and he was just going to be patient. If he got a good one he would have thrown a big rotator, but it just never came.”

Slater went on an absolute rampage on the final day of competition and fought his way back into a tough battle to overtake progressive Hawaiian Dusty Payne (Lahaina, HI), 22, by launching a hail-mary, no-grab backside 360 air. The massive punt garnered the highest single-wave score of Nike US Open of Surfing competition, 9.77 out of 10, as well as the highest heat-total of 17.94 out of 20.

“Dusty (Payne) had priority and he had gone on a couple of lefts that kind of fizzled out on him and he was probably thinking that left was going to do the same thing his other ones did,” Slater said. “It just let me get going on the face enough and I just tried to rotate as hard as I could and somehow the board stuck to my feet.”

Nicol fought hard throughout the entirety of the ASP PRIME competition, taking out dangerous South African Royden Bryson (ZAF), 28, and prodigious Californian Kolohe Andino (San Clemente, CA), 17, on the Final day of competition, but struggled to find a wave in the Final against Slater.

“Kelly started off strong with the 8.5 and I thought I’d wait for a good wave and I think I waited too long,” Nicol said. “At the start of this week I wouldn’t have thought that I’d be in the Final with Kelly. I love it. Sometimes things work out and you make the Final and I’m stoked, I’m over the moon.”

Yadin, who was rated No. 36 entering the US Open of Surfing, now sits at 27th on the ASP World Rankings, moving him inside the coveted ASP Top 32 midyear cut for the halfway mark of the year, but with two events remaining on the ASP World Title Season, Nicol remained guarded in claiming his spot for the final elite events.

“There are still two World Tour events to go so it doesn’t completely change my life just yet,” Nicol said. “It definitely helps the vibe though.”

Fitzgibbons, who finished second on the ASP Women’s World Title Series, was strong on both her forehand and backhand in the final and fought off the determined wildcard to clinch her third elite event on to finish her 2011 season.

“It’s such an unbelievable feeling to get chaired up the beach,” Fitzgibbons said. “There is just a sea of people and it’s one of my biggest achievements. To get three wins this year, it has been a really special year and although I didn’t get the title, I can’t believe I’ve won this event.”

Fitzgibbons feels that there is more to come for the highly-talked about progressive movement in women’s surfing and wildcards such as Lakey Peterson are a perfect example of the future of the sport.

“Today was just about connecting the dots and stepping it up,” Fitzgibbons said. “I think the future is bright for our sport. Lakey (Peterson) is only 16 and she was in both finals in this event it was a great week for her, but to get the win was an amazing way to cap off the year.”

Peterson proved to be a giant killer throughout the entirety of the Women’s Nike US Open of Surfing, taking wins over veteran Melanie Bartels (HAW), 28, ASP Women’s World Title Rookies Tyler Wright (AUS), 17, and Laura Enever (AUS), 19, as well as freshly crowned ASP Women’s World Champion Carissa Moore but was unable to find the scores needed to surpass Fitzgibbons in the Final.

“I’m stoked with the way this week has turned out,” Peterson said. “It was an honor to surf against Sally (Fitzgibbons) and I’m really happy to make the Final in my first World Tour event.”

Peterson, who won the ASP 4-Star Nike US Open of Surfing Pro Junior yesterday, asserted herself as a frontrunner among the progressive movement of women’s surfing via dominant run at the Nike US Open of Surfing. The young Californian was the only competitor to put a stop to Moore’s run of finaling in every ASP Top 17 contest this season when she topped the Hawaiian in their Semifinals matchup.

“Winning yesterday was what I wanted to do, to win in the Juniors and do well in this event,” Peterson said. “My heat against Carissa (Moore) felt like no pressure and I just wanted to go for it and I’m just so excited to win that heat. I’ve always wanted to surf against Carissa. She really pushes my surfing to the next level and is an amazing friend.”

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The Nike US Open of Surfing was a massive action sports festival which also includes Skate, BMX, Art, Music and Fashion shows all of which are free to the public.

Nike US Open of Surfing Men’s Final Result:

1 – 
Kelly Slater (USA) 16.27

2 – Yadin Nicol (AUS) 2.57

Nike US Open of Surfing Men’s Semifinals Results:

SF 1:
 Kelly Slater (USA) 17.94 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 14.90

SF 2: Yadin Nicol (AUS) 13.44 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 12.87

Nike US Open of Surfing Men’s Quarterfinals Results:

QF 1:
 Dusty Payne (HAW) 13.93 def. Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 10.10

QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.50 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.27

QF 3: Kolohe Andino (USA) 10.44 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 10.33

QF 4: Yadin Nicol (AUS) 11.60 def. Royden Bryson (ZAF) 8.26

Nike US Open of Surfing Women’s Final Result:

1 – 
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.23

2 – Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.40

Nike US Open of Surfing Women’s Semifinals Results:

SF 1:
 Lakey Peterson (USA) 14.67 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.60

SF 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.46 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 14.16

Slater Defeats Wright in Historic Final to Win Hurley Pro at Trestles, Strengthens ASP Ratings’ Lead

LOWER TRESTLES, California/USA (Wednesday, September 21, 2011) – Kelly Slater (USA), 39, has won his fifth Hurley Pro at Trestles title, defeating Owen Wright (AUS), 21, in a hard-fought Final that saw the iconic Floridian overtake the young Australian in a last-minute exchange with a final score of 17.50 to 16.74.

Slater and Wright’s third consecutive Final bout marks a first in ASP history, as no two competitors have faced off in three successive ASP Dream Tour Finals – a noteworthy statistic in sparking this new rivalry in the battle for the ASP World Title.

Slater roared to life on the Final day, unloading the highest heat-total of competition, 18.40 out of 20 in the Semifinals, and maintained his lethal form throughout the day’s entirety with a consistent display of new-school airs and patented carves to clinch his unprecedented 48th elite ASP World Tour victory and third of the season.

“Owen (Wright) is tough and he’s been surfing great,” Slater said. “There really are no weak points to his surfing and he’s going to be a standout in every spot. A lot of the guys tried to get him this week and I got lucky in that last exchange. I was taking the first wave of the set under his priority and once I got priority I wanted to wait. It almost looked like there wasn’t a wave after Owen’s. It’s been fun surfing against Owen and surfing Lowers. It’s been a great week and thanks everyone for the crazy support, it’s been wonderful.”

Wright, current No. 2 on the ASP World Title rankings, has continued to build momentum throughout his sophomore year amongst the ASP Top 34 and dispatched of a rampaging Mick Fanning (AUS), 30, and rookie prodigy Julian Wilson (AUS), 22, en route to his rematch against Slater, but was unable to solidify the victory over the veteran in the Final.

“I’ve been enjoying the rivalry,” Wright said. “We’ve had some great heats and the last three finals have been great. I’m glad the sets came through at the end. It was a bit of a dud final but I’m glad that last exchange came though at the end. It made it exciting.”

Julian Wilson (AUS), 22, was a standout throughout the Hurley Pro at Trestles, earning the highest single-wave score of 9.80 as well as the second-highest heat-total of 18.23 in his Quarterfinals win over Joel Parkinson (AUS), 30, and consistently unloaded some of the most progressive maneuvers of the contest.

“I had a bit of fire after yesterday, not against Joel (Parkinson), but just to show that I could beat him,” Wilson said after his Quarterfinal win. “I’ve dreamed about surfing against Joel and Mick (Fanning) my whole life and yesterday gave me a lot of confidence to go against him today.”

The young Australian got off to a slow start in his Semifinals matchup versus Owen Wright after an interference and was unable to rebound, finishing equal 3rd overall. Wilson now sits at No. 11 on the ASP World Title Rankings.

Heitor Alves (BRA), 29, who finished equal 5th in New York, continued his giant killing spree at the Hurley Pro Trestles, defeating ASP World Title campaigners Taj Burrow (AUS), 33, and Adriano de Souza (BRA), 24, before falling to Slater in the Semifinals to earn his career best result of an equal 3rd place finish.

“Thanks God for everything in my life,” Alves said. “This is a good result for me. Adriano is a good surfer, he rips this wave and surfs very well. This is a great event for me and I enjoy this wave.”

Alves’ performance moves him from No. 20 to 14 on the ASP World Title Rankings.

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1 – 
Kelly Slater (USA) 17.50

2 – Owen Wright (AUS) 16.74


SF 1: 
Kelly Slater (USA) 18.40 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 16.57

SF 2: Owen Wright (AUS) 14.74 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 10.04


QF 1: 
Heitor Alves (BRA) 12.77 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 12.50

QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.60 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 11.07

QF 3: Owen Wright (AUS) 15.67 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.67

QF 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) 18.23 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.93


Heat 1: 
Heitor Alves (BRA) 12.74 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 9.80

Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) 15.27 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 12.97

Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS) 18.23 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 10.27

Heat 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.67 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 12.37

CURRENT ASP WORLD TITLE TOP 10 (After Hurley Pro at Trestles)

1 – 
Kelly Slater (USA) 44,950 pts.

2 – Owen Wright (AUS) 39,900

3 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 35,400

4 – Adriano de Souza (BRA)31950

5 – Josh Kerr (AUS)30,800

6 – Taj Burrow (AUS) 29,250

7 – Mick Fanning (AUS)28,200

8 – Jordy Smith (ZAF)27,500

9 – Jeremy Flores (FRA)23,700

10 – Michel Bourez (PYF) 22,250